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How do you do stuff like chipped paint, rust, scorching, and metal melting or warping on armour?
For chipped paint I've just put small splotches of bolt gun metal on the model over the normal colour (green in my case) as well as lining the edges with boltgun metal. It sort of looks ok, I'd like to add a bit of rust and definitely scorch marks to damage areas I've made on it.
Also how do you make the armour (non-metallic green) look like it has been neglected and left on the ground for a while? I have a piece of dreadnaught being used as part of a base and I want it to look damaged and roughed up rather than shiny..
Thanks for any help.
Rust is tricky and takes a bit of trial and error and practice to get right. One method is to put a chestnut ink wash over the metallic area and then drybrush boltgun metal over that once it is dry. Another way is to very lightly stipple reddish brown paint into the chipped area.
Scorch marks can be done with a stipple as well. You want them to gradually fade toward the outside edge.
For the part you want to look neglected, I prefer a black ink wask followed by a very ligh drybrush of the original color to kill some of the sheen from the ink. You can then go back and add specific weathering effects.
The key to good looking weathered effects is moderation. Use too much and it looks really fake and detracts from the model rather than add to it. If you get to a point where you notice the "damage" just glancing at the mini, you've gone too far. It should sparse and subtle to work best.
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In WD (UK) 306 there is a great article on rust, pages 138-141, I think you'll find it very useful!
For chipped metal, paint black onto the area you are chipping and then paint on metal, while leaving a bit of black at the edges. It looks a lot better, trust me.
Rust can be achieved by either orange or brown ink. Don't lay it on too thick, though.
Scorched metal can be painted with (what a surprise) scorched brown. Just drybrush it on the part that is scorched. It looks better with a bit of black mixed in too.
For melting, the only way I can think of would be to (veeery carefully) use plastic glue to melt the plastic (if the kit is plastic) and then sorta bend it into the shape you want. Or heat it. I dunno about metal models though.
I used a hot pin actually. What I meant was how to paint the bits of the model that have been melted to look realistic.For melting, the only way I can think of would be to (veeery carefully) use plastic glue to melt the plastic (if the kit is plastic) and then sorta bend it into the shape you want. Or heat it. I dunno about metal models though.
Thanks for the tips guys, I'll check out those sites.